Monday, December 30, 2013

The Heart is like an All-seeing eye?

The heart was viewed as the seat of the soul and spiritual "eyes"
Tired after walking a long distance in the hot October sun some seven years ago, a middle-aged woman almost falls when a bright light hits the roof of a building temporarily blinding her eyes. 

As she looks down she sees all these red spots and remembers lessons in schools about prisms, white light and how the red waves are the longest or something like that.

When she looks up she is greeted by a very friendly watchman at the gate of her destination in Blantyre. Unknown to her, the occupants of the house don’t have a watchman.

However, the tired mother could not help but notice the eccentric watchman with a neatly cut beard and tidy dreadlocks hidden in a black fedora.  She recalled how without saying a word his eyes showed kindness and love, rare for pedestrians trying to visit high-profile places with guards.

Chances are high the friendly watchman was just genuinely God-fearing and had pure love in his heart and soul. 

Eyes and their shapes have played an important role in African society with some beliefs associating witches and wizards with wide owl ones in contrast to slanted pigeon and dove ones. 

In ancient Africa pigeons represented peace and were said to flee a home where there is conflict and constant arguments. A type of mphonda in the pumpkin family is placed by some healers near a village pigeon's "home". Some mphonda are like African Wine Kettle gourds locally known as nsupa while others include gourds similar to the basket shape one on http://www.seedman.com/Gourds.htm


Eyes are also mentioned 502 times in the King James Bible and the word eye some 115 times.  The Big Brother show also has an eye for a logo like on http://www.36ng.com.ng/2013/05/26/big-brother-africa-season-8-the-chase-is-on-meet-the-28-housemates-for-2013/ and some currencies in western countries have a gazing eye as well as some television stations. 




In Malawi, Mbona is known for his right protruding eye while ancient Egypt information online shows that the right eye of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis represented concrete factual information controlled by the left brain while the left eye controlled the right brain, dealing with esoteric thoughts and feelings responsible for intuition.

In the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8, in the tale, Mbona's red eyes on p37 is described as sticking out like a snake.  In ancient times, the ancestors of this land did not view all snakes as evil but goat spirits.  

Healers and other spiritual enlightened people were said to either have the right eye of an upright snake or the left eye of a goat which was considered evil.


Left eye viewed like the west and darkness
In ancient Malawians teachings the eyes for seeing spiritual issues and spirits was believed to be in the heart, globally known by some as the “seat of the soul.”

It’s with those “eyes” that some Sapitwa healers like saying “ndakuona (I see you)” whenever they catch a person in the spiritual realm doing something evil like using magic to rob or harm innocent people.

They claim they can see the physical world with their two eyes but they use the eyes of their hearts to see the spiritual world or spirits so they say.  For them it’s like removing a cloth of one’s face to enable them see things of the spirit closely in dreams or visions (masophenya).  

Could that be the reason for the saying "Kadaona maso mtima suyiwala" which in a nutshell means something like "seeing is believing" but literally something like what the eyes has seen the heart does not forget?

The Eye is also attributed to Masonry with the all-seeing eye representing God referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.  Internet sources also show that the Eye of the Providence is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle.  It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind.

However Bishop Mark Kambalazaza of Charismatic Redeemed Ministries in an interview on August 29, 2010 cautioned that in ancient Egypt, the eye only represented a god watching over people who cannot hide because he sees them.  But he asked whether it was the “God of Jesus Christ or just an imagination.”

"In Egypt there were gods and goddesses.  The true God in the scriptures is the God of Jesus Christ, the way and life and truth as indicated in John 14:6-7.  Looking at Big Brother and the eye of God, what happens is not religious or spiritual, it's secular.  There is o morality or eye of heaven.  King David in Psalm 139 said there was no way he could hide from God, in the sea or mountain showing He watches," explained Bishop Kambalazaza back then.

There is also a popular saying globally that liken the eyes to the windows of the heart and biblically Matthew 6:22-23 talks of the lamp of the body being, the eye.

Jesus Christ in various internet biblical verses says: “The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

According to the US based Got Questions Ministries online, Jeus meant that since the eye is a lamp which lights the entire body, “our eyes are the entrance to our hearts and minds and as such, they provide a doorway to our very souls.

“Our eyes can be used to see that which is good or evil, that which is beneficial or harmful and the things we see and perceive affect our whole being.  If we perceive goodness, that will radiate outward from within our hearts and minds.  But if we allow our eyes to linger on evil, we are so affected by what we see that darkness actually begins to emanate from within and can corrupt us and those around us.

“The Bible tells us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  That’s his great deception, to make people think they’ve found the light when in fact it’s the darkness of false light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  His intention is to blind us to truth and corrupt our minds, and he uses our eyes to gain entrance to our hearts…we guard our hearts and souls by guarding our eyes,” partly reads www.gotquestions.org

So as Bette Milder sang some 20 years ago that “God is watching us” in her Grammy Award winning song ‘From a Distance’, the question would be whether or not drawings of the Eye of God watching us are the Almighty One’s and only Creator or weaker gods in various ancient religions.  Only time will tell!
Couldn't resist the clouds on a bright day along the Mulanje road



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I'm a Malawian journalist who grew up in many countries including South Africa, Belgium, then West Germany, UK, Washington DC and New York in the US and I love New York.

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